A younger brother.

A brother and sister have been in my head for a while, I’d not made a 12 inch boy before; he was a joy to make, he’s called Yonas.

I had fun making these dungarees, there are so many lovely little details on them, the pockets and tool loop. I first made the pattern full size then adapted it for Yonas.

Then there is his anorak, again beautiful details in Noodle clothing’s pattern. I gave Yonas a fancy car print lining on his anorak. He looks so cute with his hood up.

Underneath those dungarees he has a little checked brushed cotton shirt. This I adapted from two garments! A pyjama top pattern and the cuffs from the robe which I cut on the bias. I also slimmed down the sides and made short sleeves. It was a little fiddly but I was pleased with the result.

Finally of course, his leather trainers and knitted socks.

Yonas goes up for sale Sunday 6th January at 18.00 GMT in my Etsy Shop. Part of Link Up.

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This girl has style!

This lovely Izara has been through many changes of clothes. I’d imagined her in pastel colours, buttery yellows, powder blues, embroidery and tailoring. However she tried on the first pair of dungarees I made for Orla, oh and they suited her so much. The dark rich blue against her beautiful dark skin! I had to make Orla another pair (those green polka dot ones). Do you recognise the pattern? Yep Meadowfinch again!

The second outfit is yet another ‘hand me down’. This dress has pin tucks on the bodice and some more on the skirt and is made of a jewel purple linen from Ray Stitch. Then to keep her shoulders warm a knitted bolero, it’s a cute and easy make, from the talented Swish & Swirl. And the wool, the wool……..from my Loop purchase it’s the Life in the Long Grass hand dyed sock wool in ‘Weathered’ colour ways.

Last but not least ……..shoes and socks, leather Mary Janes and hand knitted socks, Life in the Long Grass ‘Baroque’. Finishes the outfit off perfectly.

Izara as goes up for sale Sunday 6th January at 18.00 GMT in my Etsy Shop.

Birthday clothes for Orla

Izara does love dressing up and so is modelling Orla’s birthday clothes for me. The clothes consist of my firm favourite Hawthorn dungarees by Meadowfinch.

This time I did something a little different with the pockets trying out a some polka dot smocking using a tutorial I found by Teresa DownUnder.

Then there is a hoodie pattern is by Flossie Potter that I made in the softest, snuggliest sweatshirting I got from my recent trip to Ray Stitch.

….and finally a little tote bag in a Cath Kidston like floral with leather straps. I make it about 3/4 scale as it’s meant for a bigger doll.

So there you have it, happy birthday to Orla (and Niamh) and thank you Izara for your modelling.

A fond farewell

I woke up this morning to find that Harriet has found a new home, so I’ve put aside all my sewing and concentrated on her. Before she goes she wanted to say a fond farewell to Izara, so in front of the tree dressed in Bella & Lottie’s jewel coloured linen dresses, they whispered secrets to each other.

I have also made pyjamas for Bella & Lottie in matching Rose & Hubble fabrics, they can now have cosy chats and stories together before bedtime. The pyjamas are adapted from the Noodle clothing pattern, wider sleeves for big hands and sized down for the smaller doll.

Then it was time for Harriet to get in the box! With the help of Izara and Yonas, she excitedly made herself comfortable. Farewell Harriet, safe journey.

More for the stash

I’ve been to London (to see Lilith & Joe)……..but before that the first stop was the lovely Liberty, and, after an enjoyable look at all their gorgeous fabrics, here are the four I bought.

Then onto The Loop in Islington another amazing place to go, here is my little haul. A chunky double knit for hats and two skeins hand dyed sock wools.

Also in Islington, very near the Loop is another amazing shop called Ray Stitch. I’d been on their website loads of time, but wanted to feel the fabrics in person. The bottom two (ruby red and purple) are for Bella & Lottie’s Christmas dresses and they will have matching knitted boleros in the Life in the Long Grass wools above. See that car fabric, well that is for the lining of Yonas’s anorak.

It’s always good to have an extensive stash!

‘Yes Izara, these are yours’

Izara has been sat around in her panties for a few days waiting patiently for clothes. I also keep trying ‘other doll’s’ clothes on her, like Orla’s dungarees (which really suit Izara by the way) and Bella’s jammies! However back to Izara’s clothes…….first she got a tailored coat Put A Bow On It by Noodle clothing, as ever these patterns are just so lovely. This time I used that gorgeous powder blue pure wool fabric and a Liberty print lining.

I also finished a little dress I started in the Netherlands at the European Waldorf Doll seminar with Dorota of Mum & Dot, it was waiting for the right doll, and that doll is Izara. The dress is again a Liberty fabric with a delicate floral of yellow and grey.

Next outfit for Izara is another dress in a beautiful butter yellow linen and silk mix I have. I think some hand embroidery is called for too.

You brighten my day

The thing about doll making is you ‘get’ someone in your head, this time it was siblings I imagined. A big sister, that’s Izara and her little brother, that’s Yonas. I used a couple of images of children I found on Pinterest of a girl & boy to help create the features. So here they are, meet Izara

and her little brother Yonas.

Both have pants but not much else. Izara borrowed a blouse for the photo shoot. Now I have lots to make – Izara is to have a pale yellow dress with embroidery on, and Yonas has dungarees and probably a checked shirt to go underneath, oh and an anorak.